Sunday, March 28, 2010


A decent if not especially noteworthy Canadian psychedelic band who recorded for Capitol, probably around the late '60s; the sleeve indicates that they recorded at a Vancouver studio, making it reasonably likely that they were from British Columbia. They wrote their own material, and were extremely influenced by the San Francisco sound, with fluid guitars, harmonies, and an occasional country-folk bounce.

West Coast quintet Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck was formed in 1967 -- not as a group of musicians but as a collective consisting of Kathy Kay from Boston who was the original Mother Tucker, John Patrick Caldwell as The Yellow Duck (aka Raphael Red The Village Idiot), Bob O'Connor (aka Dogan Pink Foot/Sheldon O'Dogan), and Michael Goldman (aka Garnet Crystalman).

The only working musician at the time was O'Connor who got a job working with Hughie Lockhead and Charlie Faulkner in a group called Medusa. When Bob O'Connor left the group - Lockhead and Faulkner join Caldwell to form the band actual musical group Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck.

By 1968 they were signed to London Records and had little success with their first single, "I", but did have minor success with "One Ring Jane" in 1969. Later that year they would form their own Duck Records distributed by Capitol Records where they released several more singles through 1970. Roger Law would eventually be replaced by his brother Les and the band managed to tour with the likes of Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Cream, and The Yardbirds. Alas, fame eluded them and they split up in 1971.

Donnie McDougall would go on to join The Guess Who in 1972 and recorded several albums with them. He wound up a truck driver living in White Rock, BC. In the mid-90's he would revive his career as member of The Best Of The Guess Who -- a touring tribute to his former band and eventually joined the reformed Guess Who in 2000; Caldwell left the music business; Roger Law died in a car accident; Faulkner joined the Wild Root Orchestra before leaving music to become a handyman only to return in recent years with the Kelowna, BC band Dog Skin Suit.

Tracks :

01 Starting A New Day
02 Love's Been A Long Time Coming
03 Middlefield County
04 True Blue
05 Natchez Theme (For Natchez)
06 Wood U Call It
07 Nightfowl
08 Did You Ever
09 Collin's Breakdown
10 A Play On Children


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  2. Hey Preacher, thanks for this one, I have their other album which I enjoyed, so looking forward to a spin or two here. cheers from Oz.

  3. John Patrick Caldwell was a good friend of mine I knew during the mid to late 1970's. He did a revival of the band around 1978 in Toronto.
    I took many pictures of him.
    He prized his copy of their record.


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